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News Release

Sunday, June 8, 2008

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Two Men Shot at, Only One Hit

Los Angeles: One man died and one escaped injury during what detectives believe was a gang related shooting.

On June 7, 2008, at around 6:25 p.m., Michael Smith, 20-years-old, was walking with his friend near the corner of 95th Street and Vermont Avenue. Smith and his friend had just walked a female companion to a nearby bus stop.

The suspect who was described only as a male Black, approached Smith and the other man from the opposite corner and began firing a handgun at them. Smith was hit by gunfire in the upper body and staggered a short distance before collapsing in the center median on Vermont Avenue. The other intended victim was not injured.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call South Bureau Homicide Detective Sal LaBarbera at 213-485-4341. On off hours, weekends, and holidays call the toll free number 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).